Moving And Shooting At Night From a Vehicle

night shooting

A local club, Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsman Center aka PMSC, hosted their 6th annual Zombie Dark Shoot this past week. I have participated in the past three years and staffed it for the first time this year. My first year was when I discovered the Poorman’s Night Vision.

PMSC is well versed in USPSA style matches. They hold monthly USPSA matches, the Tri State USPSA Championships as well as the Steel City Championships. So their annual night shoots have been similar in stage design and use the same close range bays.

This year they stepped it up a bit with the use of their Kawasaki Mule. Mark Cleaver, the match director, had been planning this since last year’s Night Shoot. He planned to have the shooter strapped in the back of a vehicle and driven through a course of fire so the shooter is moving backwards while engaging targets in the dark.

Here is that brainchild.

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Here is one of the other ROs testing the shooter’s stand.

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The shooter stand has two seat belts that you use to strap your body against the chair back. The shooter is standing and the angled plywood walls helps to prevent breaking the 180 degree rule for the stage. There were 23 targets and we were using a bay that allows for almost 360 degree shooting.

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Here is a video of me shooting my PMR-30 on this stage.

 

The rest of the stages were just running/walking thru and shooting targets in the dark.

Here is my reshoot with shotgun.

 

I was using a plethora of lights and a green laser. For pistol I was using a Viridian C5L. The light from the C5L is too much flood and not enough throw for 40yd target identification. But coupled with my Petzl Nao headlamp and Surefire 2211 wrist light, it was much easier to scan and ID for my next target of opportunity. Many of the other shooters used only a headlamp, single weapon light, or the worst was just a handheld light. It is a lot more difficult to manipulate the weapon with less light and even harder to scan and ID for new targets.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • In all my years of killing Texas hogs at night, I have found that gen 3 night vision and a hail of machinegun fire is the way to go.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Not all of us are so lucky to have that experience. This is as close as I get for now.

      • Patrick R

        Plebeian.

  • Fred Johnson

    Practicing the redneck drive-by. Sweet. 😀

  • Phil White

    These dumb shits are an accident waiting to happen.

    • 1911a145acp

      Those who can…..do. Those who can’t call them names……

      • This was posted by that Racist Waffen SS. Now he’s using my name to post. I never post under my name anyway so banned again.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Maybe you guys should consider getting the away from Disqus? Burner accounts too easy

          • Dan

            Or find the guy and the nearest person to him breaks his fingers.

          • wetcorps

            Discuss is fine, I don’t think it’s worth changing for 1 or 2 trolls a years. People don’t like creating new accounts, so they would probably lose a bunch of occasional commenters in the process while not being guaranteed to be able to block a determined troll. In other words, penalizing everyone because of a few (hey doesn’t that reminds you of something?)

            If the comments were swarming with them yeah, but luckily it’s not the case.

  • 1911a145acp

    That is the most reliable PMR 30 I have ever seen……

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I lol’ed

      (Nicholasville, you don’t get to not-tap/rack just because you’re using something you know jams…. TAPANDRACK)

    • Patrick R

      It seems that Nicholas has a thing for useless guns.

  • Pete in Alaska

    So, how does this work? Is there class’s of shooters and/or compitition levels involved here of is this a straight up fun shoot? Is full auto allowed?
    I have had a great time on the occasions we have run the combat range at night. Night shoots change everything. There are several of us that like shooting distance at night too Steel targets at 500 plus under a full moon is proof of the pudding and a lot of laughs to boot!
    The PMSC shoot sound like a great time. How can one maybe get an invite or find out more? A coupe of Alaska shooters with inquiring minds whould like to know.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Officially they do not allow Full Auto. Although one of the ROs ran his select fire 9mm on this course after one day of shooting. Just google Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsman Center.

  • gunslinger

    computer chair with a seatbelt.

    love it